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We have a new member of our MoparMax vehicle family, a 2014 RAM 3500 truck. With help from Chrysler we acquired this vehicle on June 10th, at Motor Village LA, a dealership in downtown Los Angeles. Our model is a RAM 3500 Laramie Crew Cab 4x2 Long Bed with the magnificent Cummins 6.7L diesel engine and the optional Aisin AS69RC six speed automatic transmission. With this optional transmission RAM puts their High Output tune into the motor upping the horsepower to 385 and torque to 850 lb. ft. over the standard 68RFE six-speed auto’s 370 hp/800 lb. ft. The Aisin option is only available on the one-ton 3500 trucks and when you select the Aisin option you also get upgraded to the new, ultra stout 11.8 inch rear end.
Our new truck is going to work hard for a living. MoparMax’s official race car, The Maulin’ Magnum—a 2007 Dodge Magnum SRT8—will soon be transported in our new 40’ gooseneck trailer. We’re buying the trailer from Millennium Trailers and it is really sweet if we say so ourselves. Fully insulated, full lighting package, 5.5K generator, 18 gallon fuel tank, air conditioning, tool chest, cabinets, and our favorite option, a full RV bathroom—oh, the luxury. Fully loaded with a 4,200 pound race car, race fuel drum, water and fuel tanks full, and tools, spare parts and equipment onboard we are talking about more than 13,000 pounds of trailer to haul around. And haul we do, about 20,000 miles next year according to the current schedule. Given the trailer weight, projected load on the gooseneck ball and the truck’s payload fully loaded with our gear that doesn’t live in the trailer, we had to get the 3500 dually. We’d prefer not to be maxing out the tires and payload ratings of a 2500 all of the time; we prefer the safety of working within design parameters. We ordered the truck with RAM’s factory 5th wheel/gooseneck preparation package which includes the 5th wheel and gooseneck mounts installed along with an in-bed 7-point harness plug. We’re ready to tow by bumper, 5th wheel or gooseneck right from delivery. Nice.
Since we were leaving the day after taking delivery of the truck for the annual NHRA Divisional race at Top Gun Dragway outside of Fallon, Nevada, where Senior Editor, Alex Rogeo, is racing Dick Krieger’s super comp car, we decided this was a perfect opportunity to break the truck in. We figure to put about 1,100 miles on the truck this trip so that by the time we get back home to Santa Clarita, California we’ll be ready to start towing with a fully broken-in truck. As an aside, this race is Alex’s debut in NHRA Lucas Oil Series super comp racing--it’s her first points race and we’re excited and nervous at the same time.